AER’s second to last race of the season sent us to the historic main course of Summit Point in West Virginia. This is the track that we first visited last year when Norma was still in orange livery and working through the teething process that involved spitting out axles on the practice day. We had a good second day in 2015 that gave us a strong finish and we were all excited to come back and continue to improve. AER Summit Point was our chance.. However, If Virginia is for lovers then West Virginia was for the broken hearted. At least that’s the way it felt in the eEuroparts.com pits as we peered into our transmission with the side cover off. The sight was spectacularly grotesque revealing a shrapnel mess that only laps before was our brand new Sport and Rally gear set that was put together to finish the
This year marks the 4th LeMons NHMS Halloween Hooptiefest I’ve been able to attend in some kind of Saab, and as usual it provides an intense combination of weather, track variation, and broken cars. As we have come to expect the unexpected in this racing series, it’s always a little nerve racking going to New Hampshire. Our history has always been speckled with crashes, spectactular failures, freezing cold temperatures, long hauls, and fortunately spaghetti (thanks to the pasta dinner the Alfa team awards everyone after day one). We got a few jars of homemade sauce from our buddy down the street, christened ‘BobbyD’s Bitchin Sauce’ and headed up for a weekend we knew would be a tough one. Thanks for the sauce Dale, tangy! The LeMons NHMS Road Course The road course at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is small, about 1.6 miles. Driving it feels like you are perpetually
When your SAAB 900 transmission fails, you’re at a crossroads. Do you sell the car, part it out, or try to replace the transmission? If you decide that the car is worth repairing and you’re looking for a good used transmission, I share with you a recent experience of mine that may help you choose a keeper. Finding a good used Saab 900 transmission can be a gamble. Even if all the indicators are there, you will really never know for certain until you get it in the car and try it out. I have heard a few horror stories, but overall, the good transmission stories have outnumbered the bad. What I realized was that sometimes (especially with a transmission), there are little things that are unique enough to not fit the typical obvious diagnosis. Try everything that you can to get an idea of the problem, and visualize every
What an end to an exciting season! Prescott Rally 2016 marks one year competing in rally, my first event having been Prescott Rally 2015 one year ago, with the same driver Andy Cowan, in the same car, Andy’s 1990 VW Jetta. We were hoping for a better result than 2015, having lost a wheel an unable to continue with only 6 miles left! Everything went smoother than a year ago, from running recce, to getting the car through tech inspection. A year’s worth of experience has brought a new calm to Andy and my operations. After tech inspection, we were blessed with enough time for a nap and a relaxing break before the Competitor’s briefing. We started with a long transit up to Jerome, AZ on Friday to begin the rally with the iconic First View stage, which includes a large exposure for the first 4 miles of the stage.
The DISA valve is a component situated in many BMW intake manifolds, and is vital to the smooth operation of the engine. DISA stands for the German “Differenzierte Sauganlage” which basically means Differentiated Intake, and the valve for it is often called (at least in our catalog) an Intake Manifold Adjusting Unit. Rough driving, loss of power, and increased fuel consumption can all be caused by a failing DISA valve, which is a known failure point. It is, afterall, situated right on top of the engine, plugged straight into the intake manifold. There were a few variations of the system, but to truly diagnose if your DISA valve is bad, it helps to understand a little bit of the background theory (which I will go over for the tech geeks out there at the end of this post). The nitty gritty of it is that this is a car part